Lake Tahoe, CA
Christopher Jarecki married Alicia Silverstone on the shores of Lake Tahoe, California on June 11, 2005. Roughly 135 guests were in attendance, including Woody Harrelson. The 3:30 p.m. nuptials took place on a rocky beach with a backdrop of sequoias and mountains in front of a private lakefront estate.
The barefoot bride wore a strapless gown with a green sash by Monique Lhuillier. Her chapel length veil was also by Lhullier and had the couple’s initials hand-sewn in crystals at the center. She clutched a bouquet made up of organic lavender and herbs, including rosemary and thyme, tied together with vintage fabrics. “Imagine” by John Lennon was played as she made her entrance down the aisle.
The groom wore a Prada suit with a vintage tie and also went barefoot.
The non-denominational ceremony was officiated by Dorothy Divack, who walked into the lake and blessed the couple with water she had collected. At the end of the vows she exclaimed, “Mazel Tov” a nod to Silverstone’s Jewish heritage. As the newlyweds made their way up the aisle, guests tossed gardenias, lavendar and roses.
Following the ceremony, cocktails were served in recycled mason jars and guests were seated at tables decorated with apricots and onions with herbs in recycled tea tins.
The entirely green and organic event was planned by Joannie Liss Events, with the help of floral designer Eden Rodriguez of End Design, a pioneer in bringing vegan and green weddings to the mainstream. The wedding featured recycled invitations from Green Field Paper Company, organic beeswax candles, bar tops made out of 200-year-old lumber and wine barrel bases, and bamboo chairs.
The couple shared their first dance to “If I Can’t Have You” by Etta James, followed by an all-vegan menu. The meal included grilled tempeh with black rice, vegetables in a saffron-sage sauce with vegan aioli, and individual chocolate-almond midnight cakes topped with raspberries and maple-almond pecan pralines.
Guests hit the dance floor to Stu Cornick and Savoire Fare, and continued until midnight, when mini veggie burgers were served. The evening ended with everyone gathered around a campfire singing Beatles songs.